Saturday, September 19, 2009

Moondog "The Viking of 6th Avenue"

Moondog was the pseudonym of Louis Thomas Hardin. Labeled as an avant-garde musician, Moondog was a vocalist, percussionist and a composer, who was a very inspiring character that decided to live in the streets of New York. It was at the age of 16 that he lost his sight due to a farm accident.
In addition to his music and poetry, he was also known for the distinctive Viking garb that he wore, which included a horned helmet. He partially supported himself by selling copies of his poetry and his musical philosophy.
This compilation ,"The Viking of 6th Avenue", was released in 2005 by the label Honest Jons. It includes various songs that were selected so that the listener could still comprehend Hardin's diverse ecletic musical works. There are some songs where not only Moondog sings, but he also sings with his daughter.
The songs "Rabbit Hop" and "Enough about Human Rights!" were written on the streets. It's a great world of weird americana that still nowadays inspires so many musicians.
If you're curious and want to get access to this album, click here. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

I'll show you one of my favourite songs that appears on this compilation:

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